Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Please, stop using Internet Explorer as a web browser — Microsoft cybersecurity expert

Please, stop using Internet Explorer as a web browser — Microsoft cybersecurity expert

It baffles me why people are still using Microsoft's ancient Internet Explorer, and now even Microsoft themselves have kindly asked Explorers users to upgrade and let the browser die. Hopefully, businesses will at least relegate Internet Explorer to running legacy apps as intended, and use Microsoft's new browser for the modern web instead.

"We're not supporting new web standards for it and, while many sites work fine, developers by and large just aren't testing for Internet Explorer these days".

Microsoft wants users to stop surfing the web on Internet Explorer.

Many businesses also use Internet Explorer as the browser for all purposes to avoid confusion, which makes sense.

The landscape has seen a considerable shift since then- Chrome is now the dominant browser, in terms of market share, followed by Safari in a distant second place, and then Firefox, according to both StatCounter and Net Applications. Moreover, new apps are coming out with greater frequency every year and as such, testing them on the browser that was sent to the technology retirement home in 2015 doesn't appear to be a viable option. Looking all the way back to Internet Explorer 6, the very concept of "standards mode" vs "quirks mode" comes from this "easy button" approach.

In a blog post aimed at enterprise customers, the security expert explained why companies need to be aware of their "technical debt", where they are paying for extended support of older software.

Internet Explorer, which was first called Windows Internet Explorer, was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 in 1995.

Unfortunately, Internet Explorer isn't equipped to handle the modern web.

However, it struggled in the face of competition, and in May 2012 it was announced that Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer as the most used browser worldwide.

While Microsoft is going offensive on the users of Internet Explorer, there is no denying the fact IE is still popular.

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